elsewhere (n.) Look up elsewhere at Dictionary.com
c.1400, elswher, from Old English elles hwær (see else + where).
elsewise (adv.) Look up elsewise at Dictionary.com
1540s, from else + -wise.
elucidate (v.) Look up elucidate at Dictionary.com
1560s, perhaps via Middle French élucider (15c.) or directly from Late Latin elucidatus, past participle of elucidare "make clear," from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + lucidus "clear" (see lucid). Related: Elucidated; elucidates; elucidating.
elucidation (n.) Look up elucidation at Dictionary.com
1560s, noun of action from elucidate.
elude (v.) Look up elude at Dictionary.com
1530s, "delude, make a fool of," from Latin eludere "escape from, make a fool of, win from at play," from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Sense of "evade" is first recorded 1610s in a figurative sense, 1630s in a literal one. Related: Eluded; eludes; eluding.
elusion (n.) Look up elusion at Dictionary.com
1540s, noun of action from elude, or from Medieval Latin elusionem (nominative elusio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin eludere.
elusive (adj.) Look up elusive at Dictionary.com
1719, from Latin elus-, past participle stem of eludere (see elude) + -ive. Related: Elusiveness.
elution (n.) Look up elution at Dictionary.com
"washing, purification," 1610s, from Latin elutionem (nominative elutio) "a washing out," noun of action from past participle stem of eluere "to wash out, wash off, clean," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + luere "to wash" (see lave).
elven (adj.) Look up elven at Dictionary.com
Old English -ælfen (n.) "an elf or fairy" (see elf). Not a pure adjective in Middle English (see elvish was used), but used in phrases such as elven land (c.1300). Apparently revived as an adjective by Tolkien.
elver (n.) Look up elver at Dictionary.com
"young eel," 1640s, variant of eelfare (1530s), literally "passage of young eels up a river;" see eel + fare.
Elvira Look up Elvira at Dictionary.com
fem. proper name, from Spanish, of Germanic origin.
elvish (adj.) Look up elvish at Dictionary.com
c.1200, aluisc, "belonging to or pertaining to the elves; supernatural," from elf + -ish. Old English used ilfig in this sense.
Elysian (adj.) Look up Elysian at Dictionary.com
1570s, from Greek Elysion pedion "Elysian field," where heroes and the virtuous live after death, from a pre-Greek word of unknown origin.
Elysium (n.) Look up Elysium at Dictionary.com
1590s, from Latin Elysium, from Greek Elysion (pedion) "abode of the blessed" (see Elysian).
elytra (n.) Look up elytra at Dictionary.com
1774, plural of elytron "hardened wing of an insect," from Greek elytron "sheath," from elyein "to roll round," from PIE root *wel- (3) "to turn, roll," with derivatives referring to curved, enclosing objects (see volvox).
elytro- Look up elytro- at Dictionary.com
word-forming element used for "vagina" in medical terms, from Greek elytron, literally "sheath" (see elytra). Related: Elytral.
em (n.) Look up em at Dictionary.com
name of the letter M, c.1200, from Latin; the Greek name was mu. In printing, the square of any type corresponding in dimensions to the capital M.
em- (1) Look up em- at Dictionary.com
from French assimilation of en- to following labial (see en- (1)). Also a prefix used to form verbs from adjectives and nouns.
em- (2) Look up em- at Dictionary.com
representing Latin ex- assimilated to following -m- (see ex-).
emaciate (v.) Look up emaciate at Dictionary.com
1620s (implied in emaciating), from Latin emaciatus, past participle of emaciare "make lean, waste away," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + macies "leanness," from macer "thin" (see macro-). Related: Emaciated; emaciating.
emaciated (adj.) Look up emaciated at Dictionary.com
1660s, past participle adjective from emaciate.
emaciation (n.) Look up emaciation at Dictionary.com
1660s, from Latin emaciationem, noun of state from past participle stem of emaciare (see emaciate), or perhaps a native formation from emaciate.
emaculate (adj.) Look up emaculate at Dictionary.com
1620s, from Latin emaculatus "freed from blemishes," past participle of emaculare, from ex- (see ex-) + maculare (see maculate (adj.)).
email (n.) Look up email at Dictionary.com
a type of pottery design pattern, c.1877, from French email (12c.), literally "enamel" (see enamel (n.)).
emanant (n.) Look up emanant at Dictionary.com
1852, from Latin emanantem (nominative emanans), present participle of emanare (see emanate).
emanate (v.) Look up emanate at Dictionary.com
1680s, from Latin emanatus, past participle of emanare (see emanation). Related: Emanated; emanating.
emanation (n.) Look up emanation at Dictionary.com
1560s, from Late Latin emanationem (nominative emanatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin emanare "flow out, arise, proceed," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + manare "to flow," from PIE root *ma- "damp."
emancipate (v.) Look up emancipate at Dictionary.com
1620s, from Latin emancipatus, past participle of emancipare "declare (someone) free, give up one's authority over," in Roman law, the freeing of a son or wife from the legal authority (patria potestas) of the pater familias, to make his or her own way in the world; from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + mancipare "deliver, transfer or sell," from mancipum "ownership," from manus "hand" (see manual) + capere "take" (see capable). Related: Emancipated; emancipating. Adopted in the cause of religious toleration (17c.), then anti-slavery (1776). Also used in reference to women who free themselves from conventional customs (1850).
emancipation (n.) Look up emancipation at Dictionary.com
1630s, "a setting free," from French émancipation, from Latin emancipationem (nominative emancipatio), noun of action from past participle stem of emancipare (see emancipate). Specifically with reference to U.S. slavery from 1785. In Britain, with reference to easing of restrictions on Catholics, etc.
emancipator (n.) Look up emancipator at Dictionary.com
1782, agent noun in Latin form from emancipate.
emancipatory (adj.) Look up emancipatory at Dictionary.com
1650s; see emancipate + -ory.
emasculate (v.) Look up emasculate at Dictionary.com
c.1600, from Latin emasculatus, past participle of emasculare "castrate," from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + masculus "male, manly" (see masculine). Originally and usually in a figurative sense. Related: Emasculated; emasculating.
emasculation (n.) Look up emasculation at Dictionary.com
1620s, agent noun from emasculate.
embalm (v.) Look up embalm at Dictionary.com
mid-14c., from Middle French embaumer "preserve (a corpse) with spices," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + baume "balm" (see balm) + -er verbal suffix. The -l- inserted in English 1500s in imitation of Latin. Related: Embalmed; embalming.
embankment (n.) Look up embankment at Dictionary.com
1786, from embank "to enclose with a bank" (1570s; see bank (n.2)) + -ment.
embargo (n.) Look up embargo at Dictionary.com
1590s, from Spanish embargo "seizure, embargo," noun of action from embargar "restrain impede," from Vulgar Latin *imbarricare, from in- "into, upon" (see in- (2)) + *barra (see bar (n.1)). As a verb, from 1640s. Related: Embargoed.
embark (v.) Look up embark at Dictionary.com
1540s, from Middle French embarquer, from em- (see en- (1)) + barque "small ship" (see bark (n.)). Related: Embarked; embarking.
embarkation (n.) Look up embarkation at Dictionary.com
1640s, from French embarcation, noun of action from embarquer (see embark).
embarras (n.) Look up embarras at Dictionary.com
1660s, from French embarras "obstacle;" see embarrass.
embarrass (v.) Look up embarrass at Dictionary.com
1670s, "perplex, throw into doubt," from French embarrasser (16c.), literally "to block," from embarras "obstacle," from Italian imbarrazzo, from imbarrare "to bar," from in- "into, upon" (see in- (2)) + Vulgar Latin *barra "bar."

Meaning "hamper, hinder" is from 1680s. Meaning "make (someone) feel awkward" first recorded 1828. Original sense preserved in embarras de richesse (1751), from French (1726): the condition of having more wealth than one knows what to do with. Related: Embarrassed; embarrassing; embarrassingly.
embarrassed (adj.) Look up embarrassed at Dictionary.com
"perplexed, confused," 1680s, past participle adjective from embarrass.
embarrassment (n.) Look up embarrassment at Dictionary.com
1670s, "state of being impeded, obstructed, entangled" (of affairs, etc.), from embarrass + -ment, or from French embarrassement, from embarrasser.

As "a mental state of unease," from 1774. Meaning "thing which embarrasses" is from 1729. Earlier words expressing much the same idea include baishment "embarrassment, confusion" (late 14c.); baishednesse (mid-15c.).
embassador (n.) Look up embassador at Dictionary.com
identified by OED as a variant of ambassador "still preferred" in the U.S.
embassy (n.) Look up embassy at Dictionary.com
1570s, "position of an ambassador," from Middle French embassee "mission, charge, office of ambassador," Old French ambassee, from Italian ambasciata, from Old Provençal ambaisada "office of ambassador," from Gaulish *ambactos "dependant, vassal," literally "one going around," from PIE *amb(i)-ag-to, from *ambi- (see ambi-) + *ambi- "around" (see ambi-) + *ag- "to drive, move" (see act (n.)).

Meaning "official residence and retinue of an ambassador" is from 1764. In earlier use were embassade (late 15c.), ambassade (early 15c.).
embattle (v.) Look up embattle at Dictionary.com
late 14c., "prepare for a fight," from Old French embataillier "to prepare for battle," from en- (see en- (1)) + bataille (see battle (n.)). Related: Embattled; embattling. Originally of armies; of individuals as well since 1590s (first attested in Spenser).
embattled (adj.) Look up embattled at Dictionary.com
"under attack," by 1882; earlier it meant "prepared to fight," and (of structures) "fitted with battlements;" past participle adjective from embattle (v.).
embed (v.) Look up embed at Dictionary.com
1778, from em- + bed (n.). Originally a geological term, in reference to fossils in rock; figurative sense is from 1835; meaning "place a journalist within a military unit at war" is 2003. Related: Embedded; embedding.
embellish (v.) Look up embellish at Dictionary.com
mid-14c., "to render beautiful," from Old French embelliss-, stem of embellir "make beautiful, ornament," from em- (see en- (1)) + bel "beautiful," from Latin bellus "handsome, pretty, fine" (see bene-). Meaning "dress up (a narration) with fictitious matter" is from mid-15c. Related: Embellished; embellishing.
embellishment (n.) Look up embellishment at Dictionary.com
1590s, from embellish + -ment.
ember (n.) Look up ember at Dictionary.com
Old English æmerge "ember," merged with or influenced by Old Norse eimyrja, both from Proto-Germanic *aim-uzjon- "ashes" (cognates: Middle Low German emere, Old High German eimuria, German Ammern); a compound from *aima- "ashes" (from PIE root *ai- "to burn;" see edifice) + *uzjo- "to burn" (from PIE root *eus- "to burn;" source also of Latin urere "to burn, singe"). The -b- is intrusive.